One of the best and most loved tango musicians, Aníbal Troilo, said… “El tango te espera” – “Tango is waiting for you”.
Whilst many of us have felt captivated watching tango and wanted to delve into the depths of this passionate dance, we have often resisted taking action thinking it was too difficult or intimidating. At a taste of tango we recognise that learning tango is a challenge and at the same time we’ve seen that with the right ideas in mind, the rewards are great. Body awareness, empathy and self confidence are some of the skills we develop which prove valuable off the dance floor too.
In the tango course we will:
-explore a different aspect of the structure of tango in each session
-learn how to prepare our bodies for dancing
-discover how to use different techniques to connect to our partners
-use the music to express our personalities and our ideas
-understand the history of tango and milonga culture
-consider a variety of tango ‘problems’ for solution
This course is designed to be taken on a rolling basis to develop your tango skills. Structure and concepts are revisited to deepen knowledge and variations provide new ways to explore and find freedom in the dance. Absolute beginners are given entry onto the course once a month which also serves as a good reminder for students of the need to communicate with inexperienced dancers. This course can be supplemented with private lessons.
About “tango course”
The course has been designed to give useful insights to developing your dance. You’ll be challenged to think and move using ideas proposed and the sessions provide a space to share thoughts, ideas and experience with other dancers on a similar journey. These sessions include a mix of group, partner and individual activity.
Jenney Surelia & a taste of tango.
Jenney Surelia dances and teaches tango using the idea of ‘connect, communicate and create’ in her workshops as an approach to learning to dance in a couple that makes you adapt, engage and think in the moment.
In 2005 she started a taste of tango as a regular class at Pineapple Dance Studios to get more people dancing in London. Since then she has taught courses, private lessons and workshops in London and other European cities. In 2013 she was invited to teach in Italy and started a tango project for young dancers in Tuscany. Jenney has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, made a BAFTA nominated short, starred in a DJ Shadow video and played her selection of beautiful tango music at milongas and festivals on the continent.
Pineapple Dance Studios, 7 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JA
Tube: Covent Garden/Leicester Square
8:00-9:00pm (learning & focus)
9:00-9:30pm (practice & play)
New courses begin on the first of each month with an absolute beginner’s session, see important info below for more details. Current students are welcome to join the practice session.
What if I miss a class?
The course consists of four sessions which can be taken over a period of 6 weeks from the first session to allow for absences. In cases of a break happening immediately after the course, the extra time will be allocated when courses restart to help you keep up with your practise. It is only possible to purchase the course with the start dates specified.
Do I need a partner?
Yes. It’s really really helpful if you can work with someone you already know. This way you’ll be comfortable and freer to concentrate on what you’re learning. Scour your ICE list, mates, colleagues, family. There’ll be someone, even if it’s someone you hadn’t thought of before. Still no joy? Send a message through to email@example.com to be added to a waiting list. Please do not book with the expectation that we will find you a partner, as in the milonga, that’s up to you!
What do I need to wear?
Comfortable clothes. Shoes are important. You need to be able to feel the floor so come with a pair of thin soled, flexible footwear like jazz shoes. Here’s a list of places where you can find them.
September’s course will run on the following dates; 1st, 8th, 15th & 29th
There will be no courses in August or December.
This course is sold in accordance with our terms & conditions.